Landing a full time job can sometimes be tough. Especially for recent college grads, who might lack the experience and employment background necessary for the types of occupations they are interested in pursuing. It’s easy to apply for a multitude of various positions within different organizations and become frustrated with rejections or lack of responses. Similarly, it’s easy for an employer to receive thousands of resumes for the same position, and easily weed out those who lack the experience to fulfill the job duties.
Once you land the most suitable position working for a company in which you feel confident about, its important to adapt to your workplace environment. Become acclimated to your new surroundings and make sure you are following guidelines required of your position. Once adjusted, its easy to feel comfortable with your colleagues, and develop connections and relationships at work which make your time spent there much more enjoyable. But, it’s important to not become too comfortable with our surroundings and forget some aspects that could potentially cause issues down the road.
Taking Too Much Time Off
Most employers offer two week of paid vacation time. Additionally sick time, and various other time off may be allotted for personal reasons. For some employees, this may not seem like enough time off, and can be a hard schedule to adapt to, especially if it’s your first full time job.
Be sure you are avoiding taking too much time off in the beginning of the year. Save your vacation time for Holidays and emergency events. You wouldn’t want to take the first two weeks of the year off, and then be stuck with no vacation time after the month of January. Plus, taking too much time off right when you start might raise a red flag to employers.
Becoming adjusted to your workplace, and working around people you genuinely enjoy talking with can become easy when you find the right colleagues. Your relationship may develop into a friendship outside of work, and you may find yourself spending time with your work buddy after the workday is over.
Be careful when becoming too close to colleagues. You want to avoid talking about anything at work you might disagree with, or have a hard time adjusting to. It may feel easy to talk to these types of people, but you wouldn’t want to catch yourself in any type of situation where accusations of gossiping about your employment could land you in trouble.
Inadequate Insurance Coverage
Employees should ensure they have adequate insurance coverage from their employers early on. Just because your place of work offers coverage does not mean that the coverage is suitable. Check your benefits, and ensure you are covered in the event of illness or sickness.
Additionally, make sure your employer is carrying workers compensation insurance. Check out this guide developed by Younce & Vtipil that outlines the most dangerous types of occupations, their associated risk, and the costs of workplace threats. Its an aspect that is commonly overlooked, but should always be considered.
Overstepping Your Boundaries
Once you have been situated within your job for some time, it’s easy to become comfortable with your daily tasks. As you further develop your skills, you may find ways to become more effective at your job and reduce the amount of time it takes to complete regular tasks.
Be sure you are not overstepping any toes. Do not discredit yourself, but do not allow other employees to claim your work as their own. This is a common workplace issue that employees experience sometime during their career journey. Additionally, be sure you are assuming your responsibilities, and suggesting resources to others. Do not speak on behalf of someone else, and avoid overstepping into roles within your organization that you were not assigned to.
Develop A Plan
Whether you have been at your job for many years, or just a few weeks, stop to develop a plan. In what ways can I make small changes to avoid potentially unsafe, or dangerous situations that could cause problems? Make an action plan, and outline your habits and your daily tasks. Make sure you are keeping up with healthy habits at work, but avoiding those that could cause trouble in the future. Read your employee handbook and ensure you are following all guidelines each and everyday. Besides, it can take only one small error to raise concerns among your supervisors.